Advertisement
Advertisement

Miguel Cotto: Final Fight In Puerto Rico Not Likely

By Jake Donovan

Most fighters cringe when the dreaded R-word (retirement) is mentioned, to the point of insulted that anyone dare suggest the end is near.

Miguel Cotto is forever a realist, which has always made him unlike most fighters. The former three-division champ returns to the ring this weekend, facing Delvin Rodriguez in his first fight in than 10 months. The bout was inked with the knowledge that he wouldn’t have very many left in his career, regardless of how Saturday’s affair in Orlando turns out.

“A couple more fights and then it will be over,” Cotto (37-4, 30KO) predicted when broached with the subject during a recent conference call to promote this weekend’s bout, which airs live on HBO.

The scheduled 12-round bout with Rodriguez marks the first time Cotto–who has lost two straight–fights in Orlando, to where he relocated in recent years and normally reserves as his training headquarters. For this particular bout, wildly popular Puerto Rican headed west to train in Hollywood with renowned cornerman Freddie Roach, in efforts to avoid distractions for what will be treated as a joyous homecoming this weekend.

Saturday’s affair in the heavily Puerto Rican-populated region could be the closest his fans will see to a true homecoming before his career comes to a close.

“I don't really know, but I don't have too much time left, and I don't think any of them can be in Puerto Rico,” Cotto admitted when asked during an ESPN Sportsnation chat if his final fight would take place in his birth land.

Cotto’s last fight in Puerto Rico was a stoppage win over Oktay Urkal in March ’07, when he was an undefeated 140 lb. titlist. He remains an active promoter in La Isla Encanta, which serves as headquarters and the location of choice for the majority of shows presented by his self-named Promociones Miguel Cotto.

Overall, Cotto enjoyed 10 pro fights in Puerto Rico following his tour as a member of the island’s Olympic boxing squad in the 2000 Sydney Games. His first fight in Puerto Rico came in his 4th pro fight, the only time in which any of his homecomings went to the scorecards.

His homeland served as the site of his first major title win, claiming a vacant 140 lb. belt with a stoppage win over Kelson Pinto in Sept. ’04, avenging a previous amateur loss in the process.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America.

Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Miguel Cotto image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by El Angel on 10-01-2013

[QUOTE=JmH Reborn;13799457]Fair deal lol We'll be able to soon complete each other's sentences when you accept Swift as your boxing savant and heir to the future! :boxing:[/QUOTE] Not sure if I can :lol1: Felix Verdejo looks like he beat him…

Comment by JmH Reborn on 10-01-2013

[QUOTE=El Angel;13799451]Agreeing with you and then used the rest of the post to say some things on my mind :lol1:[/QUOTE] Fair deal lol We'll be able to soon complete each other's sentences when you accept Swift as your boxing savant…

Comment by El Angel on 10-01-2013

[QUOTE=JmH Reborn;13799434]Not sure if you are agreeing with me or thinking that I have a problem w/ Cotto charging a PPV?[/QUOTE] Agreeing with you and then used the rest of the post to say some things on my mind :lol1:

Comment by JmH Reborn on 10-01-2013

[QUOTE=El Angel;13799322]Apparently all of this doesn't matter because one of his fights was on PPV while it was free in the US. That Trout wasn't bringing the revenue like his other NYC, Trout had zero name recognition. Cotto always fights…

Comment by El Angel on 10-01-2013

[QUOTE=JmH Reborn;13798907]God, that Cotto charging PPV for his fights is so stupid it's beyond measure First, he headlined that card and put all his fighters on it. It's one of the only ways to recoup that investment. Second, Cotto contributes…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (23)
Top Headlines Blackwell-Eubank Jr. Set For March 26 At Wembley Garcia: Canelo vs. Khan is Going To Be a Pretty Close Fight Ricky Hatton Discusses Several Emotional Topics on Life, Career Loeffler: We Expect Canelo To Defend Against Golovkin Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Canelo-Khan, More Sauerland: Abraham Win Could Make Groves Bout Much Bigger Theophane: Mayweather Will Advise Me on How To Beat Broner Golovkin Keeps The Line Moving in Supremacy Quest at 160 Boxing Priest Makes Boxing Comeback After 20 Years Arum Spoke To HBO About Making Golovkin vs. Ramirez Jorge Linares Injury Puts Zlaticanin Title Fight In Jeopardy Omar Narvaez To Face Jesus Vargas on February 19th Roach Says Gomez, Ramirez on Board To Help Manny Pacquiao Roy Jones Jr. Rejects Retirement Talk, Return is Not Ruled Out Dmitry Kudryashov is Now Training With Joe Goossen Gonzalez, Negrete, Delgado, Gramajo on LA Fight Club, March 4 Loeffler on Working With Haymon Side To Finalize Golovkin-Wade Ward: Barrera Not Stronger, Hasn't Seen This Speed, Conditioning Cletus Seldin Returns To Action on March 5th in Long Island Browne Gets Advice From Larry Holmes For Chagaev Bout Photos: Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley 3 Undercard Presser 50 Cent Erupts, Rips Apart Ungrateful "Sh*thead" Billy Dib Luis Ortiz-Tony Thompson Undercard Information Golovkin-Canelo: Jerry Jones Wants Bout at AT&T Stadium Sanchez Will Have Barrera Ready For Andre Ward's Clinching Ovill McKenzie-Dmytro Kucher Purse Bid Won By Frank Warren Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley: Defying Newton's Laws Golovkin-Wade Title Fight Confirmed For April 23 At The Forum Williams-Matano Title Eliminator Tops March 5 SHO Tripleheader Jason Quigley To Return on March 25th at Fantasy Springs Lightweight Contender Kevin Mitchell Announces Retirement Trash-Talking Lundy Admits Crawford Has ‘Got The Goods’ Sanchez on Facing Andre Ward With Barrera Instead of Golovkin Nielsen-Marghetti Tops March 19 Bill In Copenhagen Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo vs. Khan, Brook, Kovalev, More Stephen Ormond is Hoping To Raise Irish Spirits Joshua-Martin: Eddie Hearn Hoping To Get The Fight Done Anthony Joshua To Parker: Talk is Cheap Until The Bell Rings Khan: Canelo Deal Was So Smooth, Finalized Within Days The Real Comeback of Andre Ward
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement